U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Virginia > Hampton Roads area
 [Register]
Hampton Roads area Chesapeake - Hampton - Newport News - Norfolk - Portsmouth - Suffolk - Virginia Beach
Please register to participate in our discussions with 1.5 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
Jump to a detailed profile or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Business Search - 14 Million verified businesses
Search for:  near: 
 
 
Old 02-18-2007, 05:27 PM
 
Location: North Shore Suburb
1 posts, read 3,549 times
Reputation: 10
Default Relocating from NorthShoreof Chicago-to "where" in Norfolk-VA area

We are considering relocating to the Norfolk, VA area since my husband began commuting to a new job in Norfolk. I have lived in Chicago my whole life and in my present home on the beautiful north shore of Chicago for 27 years. We need schools (next year) for kids that will be in 5th and 8th grade.


Can I find a comparble quality of life...when everything needed on a daily basis is walking distance (schools, library, post office, restaurants, dry cleaners, vet, doctors, train into Chicago (21 mins), or short bike ride: outdoor pool, fabulous Lake Michigan beach front (with doggie beach)...Jesuit HS of 2000 ( a bit big), Nationally ranked Public High School (new Trier--4000 students--too big for us). We pay high taxes for all of this and the Chicago job market is "churning" not growing.

I dread traffic and expressway commutes, airport noise etc. (I could have all of that here in Chicago if I lived in a Western Suburb!)

Suggestions?

NorthShoreLady
Quick reply to this message

 
Old 02-19-2007, 10:18 AM
 
201 posts, read 660,760 times
Reputation: 76
Quote:
Originally Posted by NorthshoreChicago View Post
We are considering relocating to the Norfolk, VA area since my husband began commuting to a new job in Norfolk. I have lived in Chicago my whole life and in my present home on the beautiful north shore of Chicago for 27 years. We need schools (next year) for kids that will be in 5th and 8th grade.


Can I find a comparble quality of life...when everything needed on a daily basis is walking distance (schools, library, post office, restaurants, dry cleaners, vet, doctors, train into Chicago (21 mins), or short bike ride: outdoor pool, fabulous Lake Michigan beach front (with doggie beach)...Jesuit HS of 2000 ( a bit big), Nationally ranked Public High School (new Trier--4000 students--too big for us). We pay high taxes for all of this and the Chicago job market is "churning" not growing.

I dread traffic and expressway commutes, airport noise etc. (I could have all of that here in Chicago if I lived in a Western Suburb!)

Suggestions?

NorthShoreLady

If you are coming to SE Virginia for the "job market" you are making an incredible mistake. We have a "low" unemployment rate, but its misleading because we have huge numbers of people "employed" in near minimum wage jobs catoring to the large tourist influx. There is no real corporate presence here, unless you count Stihl or the ship yards. We also have incredible numbers of people employed in jobs depending on government contracts. If the government suddenly tightened their belt, you would see our unemployment rate go up 5% or more almost over night.

Norfolk is a terrible city overall. 85% of it you would not want to go outside at night in, about 60% you wouldnt even want to go outside in the day in. There are a handful of pricey onclaves, and 1 or 2 middle class neighborhoods peppered in the mess.

Id suggest eastern Virginia Beach for what you are looking for.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-19-2007, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
98 posts, read 590,701 times
Reputation: 57
We just moved from St. Louis. If there is a chance that you don't have to move here- then don't! This area cannot compare to Chicago (and I know b/c my hubby grew up there so we visited 5-6 times a year). If you do HAVE to move, I would suggest Ghent in Norfolk, or some areas of VB- eastern (you'll deal with huge backups on the interstate if your commute brings you to Norfolk) I have no idea about the northern Hampton Roads area. We are in Chesapeake. It's nice, but NOTHING like your north shore Chi-town area. Also, people in the Midwest are SO much nicer. They tend to be passive aggressive out here. One minute they are nice, then they snap at you.
If you do re-locate, I am sure you will adjust, but really, it's not a step up from Chicago!
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-21-2007, 12:44 PM
 
3 posts, read 11,528 times
Reputation: 10
Default Would you like to live on the water

I am moving to Colorado soon & selling my house in the adjacent city of Hampton. It was fairly upscale, built in 1994, 4-bedrooms, huge kitchen with custom cabinets, about 2,500 sf. on Phillips Lake. I have lots of pix. The lake is tidal saltwater with access to the bay (approx. 20 minutes) and ocean (1-hour). You can take your boat to downtown Hampton for first-class seafood or the Radisson Hotel. Docking is free. No property tax on boats in Hampton. Do a map search for Great Lakes Dr. 23669 & zoom out. Presently, boating activities are restricted by the tides. However, the city will be dredging the Hampton River & the lake in 2008/2009. This will allow boating any time.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-17-2007, 10:25 AM
 
3,256 posts, read 3,204,695 times
Reputation: 539
If you live in the Ghent region of Norfolk, you may enjoy it. But, there are some of us who are city lovers that are trying to add some life to the old place. We live in the Dam Neck area. Remember, you are going below the Mason Dixon line and there are differences in culture. Bad news, Oceana NAS does have its share of jets screeching overhead. Best advice, life is what you make it. But it is very much less expensive. I am currently working out of Great Lakes NS, so I have a really good comparison. But I must say I am truly enjoying the irish music scene up here.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-27-2007, 11:22 AM
 
26 posts, read 104,181 times
Reputation: 18
Default One Chicagoan to another.........

We relocated here in February. We have lived in Bucktown, Evanston, Crystal Lake and most recently, Algonquin.

Right now we live in the Great Bridge area of Chesapeake. My realtor brainwashed me into thinking it's the greatest place for schools, families, whatever. I don't like it. It's overpriced, schools are okay, not many conveniences, lots of traffic (for the type of area--I don't get it), and not much to do (no restaurants or entertainment worth talking about).

There are no quaint downtown area to speak of unless you possibly include Ghent in Norfolk. There are also better restaurants and upscale shopping there. But the schools are not good and I'm not sure this is the place for children.

The next best place in terms of things to do and good schools is the Great Neck area (Cox HS) in VA Beach. First Landing State park is near there--it's really nice if you like to be outdoors. Also, you have beach access and some decent restaurants. Not sure about shopping. My husband likes this area.

I personally like the Sandbridge area of Virginia Beach. It would be a commute, but there are a lot of positives to this area. If you love the beach (we are there alot), Sandbridge has the nicest beaches. The schools are also good (Kellam HS). Probably less conveniences, but still nice. The area is newer and growing, and might be one of the best investments in this horrible market.

A couple of things I wished I would have known before coming here:
1. Drivers tend to drive offensively rather than defensively here. I thought driving on the Kennedy was bad, until I tried to merge onto a highway here! Don't worry--you will get used to it.
2. You are pretty much in the South here (more in Chesapeake than in VA Beach). Specifically ask for "unsweetened tea" unless you like sugar. Don't think someone thinks you are an old lady if they call you "ma'am." They are just being polite. And you will see an occasional Conferate flag or sticker. That was very strange to me.


Good luck to you!
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-27-2007, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
1,123 posts, read 3,445,729 times
Reputation: 618
But the winters are milder!!!!
Today it is in the 60's! Thanksgiving was 78.

It really isn't all that bad here - you have alot of history, wide open spaces, close to the real ocean and we do have quaint little neighborhoods - Ghent, Smithfield, old town Portsmouth.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-29-2007, 03:58 AM
 
Location: Uniquely Individual Villages of the Megalopolis
646 posts, read 56,341 times
Reputation: 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by windycitygirl View Post
We relocated here in February. We have lived in Bucktown, Evanston, Crystal Lake and most recently, Algonquin.

Right now we live in the Great Bridge area of Chesapeake. My realtor brainwashed me into thinking it's the greatest place for schools, families, whatever. I don't like it. It's overpriced, schools are okay, not many conveniences, lots of traffic (for the type of area--I don't get it), and not much to do (no restaurants or entertainment worth talking about).

There are no quaint downtown area to speak of unless you possibly include Ghent in Norfolk. There are also better restaurants and upscale shopping there. But the schools are not good and I'm not sure this is the place for children.

The next best place in terms of things to do and good schools is the Great Neck area (Cox HS) in VA Beach. First Landing State park is near there--it's really nice if you like to be outdoors. Also, you have beach access and some decent restaurants. Not sure about shopping. My husband likes this area.

I personally like the Sandbridge area of Virginia Beach. It would be a commute, but there are a lot of positives to this area. If you love the beach (we are there alot), Sandbridge has the nicest beaches. The schools are also good (Kellam HS). Probably less conveniences, but still nice. The area is newer and growing, and might be one of the best investments in this horrible market.

A couple of things I wished I would have known before coming here:
1. Drivers tend to drive offensively rather than defensively here. I thought driving on the Kennedy was bad, until I tried to merge onto a highway here! Don't worry--you will get used to it.
2. You are pretty much in the South here (more in Chesapeake than in VA Beach). Specifically ask for "unsweetened tea" unless you like sugar. Don't think someone thinks you are an old lady if they call you "ma'am." They are just being polite. And you will see an occasional Conferate flag or sticker. That was very strange to me.


Good luck to you!
Your point about the traffic cracked me up. This sort of grabs people about HR. I chuckled. A lot of people have said similar remarks.

They didn't put "Roads" in the name for nothing. ROFL
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-01-2007, 07:26 PM
 
3,256 posts, read 3,204,695 times
Reputation: 539
Well we moved back from Gurnee in the last week, and I am both happy to be back in the weather and sad to have to leave all the life the city had to offer. I would drive into the northside and occasionally venture all the way to the southside to hear music or go to a show. I miss that part. If anyone on here wants to pretend we live in a city, we can meet in Ghent or even close our eyes until we are inside one of the town center places.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-26-2008, 01:00 AM
 
Location: Hawaii
24 posts, read 155,371 times
Reputation: 23
I went to high school at Highland Park H.S. on the North Shore of Chicago, so I know that area well! I love areas of Virginia Beach such as Great Neck, Shore Drive, and the North End of the Oceanfront. But, for what you are looking for, I think you'd really like Ghent in Norfolk. They have wonderful historic homes for sale and rent and huge, beautiful, old apartments and town homes as well as tons of wonderful restaurants and shops all within walking distance. No, Virginia Beach / Norfolk is not Chicago, but the restaurants are wonderful (as long as you stay away from the chains) and there are many wonderful things to do such as museums, shows, live music, outdoor festivals, close to historical Williamsburg, close to the beach, etc. It is a slower pace of life from Chicago but not bad - there is still plenty going on. All my friends from Chicago who visited me in Virginia Beach loved it. And the change in climate for the winters alone may be worth the move! In Norfolk, private schools are best. There are good public schools in parts of Virginia Beach. Chesapeake is much too chain store and restaurant oriented for you although there are some nice family friendly areas.
Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


 
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2011 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $84,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Virginia > Hampton Roads area
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2014, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 - Top